International Programs: Updates on Pitzer College's Study Abroad Programs

Record Number of Pitzer Students Approved to Study Abroad

In the coming year, more than 200 students will be studying abroad in thirty countries on fifty-four programs. This will move the College rapidly toward 75 percent of its graduating class having studied abroad— one of the highest rates of participation in the nation. Destinations for our student sojourners include Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and Turkey.

A Very Favorable Exchange Rate

Joining Pitzer's thirty-seven international exchange programs for 2009- 10 will be new university partnerships in Essex, England; Cairo, Egypt and Dakar, Senegal. This year fifty-five students from abroad have come to Pitzer on exchange from twenty-one countries, including Afghanistan, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and Uzbekistan.

A World of Languages at Pitzer

Through the fifteen languages represented by Pitzer’s sixty-six international students from nineteen countries, Pitzer has expanded the range of language experiences available to students before or after study abroad beyond the languages taught regularly in Claremont. This semester Turkish, Zulu, Setswana, Finnish, Vietnamese, and Uzbeki represent Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) study possibilities.

Pitzer in Nepal

The Pitzer in Nepal program successfully completed its first semester back in Kathmandu with students studying the development of Nepal's new secular democracy. The Pitzer in Nepal Health Hospitality program, established in 1986 to provide health care and education for poor Nepalis from remote villages who have serious illnesses or injuries but no access to health care, continues to provide valuable health care internships for Pitzer students and reciprocity to our host communities. Well over two thousand Nepalis have been served by the program.

Geographical Information Systems Mapping Completed at the Firestone Center

Professor of Biology Donald McFarlane (Joint Science), Professor of Geology Richard Hazlett (Pomona College), Vice President for International Programs Carol Brandt (Pitzer College), Keith Christenson (wildlife biologist, volunteer) and Warren Roberts (GIS–Honnold/Mudd Library)

In December, Professor of Biology Donald McFarlane (Joint Science), Professor of Geology Richard Hazlett (Pomona College), Keith Christenson (wildlife biologist, volunteer) and Warren Roberts (GIS–Honnold Library) transported sophisticated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) gear and traditional tape, clinometer, and pole technology down steep slopes and up slippery stream beds to add the last of 4,904 data points to a GIS map of the Firestone reserve in Costa Rica. The data can now be used for spatial analysis to predict land and soil changes not only for the Firestone property as it restores, but also the lands and streams of neighboring properties in its watershed, thanks to detailed satellite imagery purchased by the Honnold/Mudd Library for the Firestone Center.

Field Research Opportunities Increase in Ecuador, Botswana and China

The Pitzer in Ecuador university-based program has been redesigned as an undergraduate field research program to meet the needs of the growing number of Pitzer students with advanced-level proficiency in Spanish and interest in Andean Studies, including learning Quechua, a widely spoken indigenous language of the Andean region. The emphasis on conducting community-based research continues in Pitzer in Botswana and Pitzer in China, which have both added field methods courses specific to those cultural contexts as a way of deepening the Pitzer undergraduate abroad research experience.

Sara Farooqi ’08 Wins Fellowship to Kobe, Japan through New Collaboration with Kobe Women’s University

For the second year in a row, the Hyogo Earthquake Memorial Research Institute for the Twenty-first Century (HEM21), a new thinktank established in Japan in association with the World Health Organization, is providing a full scholarship for a Pitzer student to participate in its International Summer School in August 2008. Studies will focus on the role of local governments and citizens toward the formation of a framework of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region around issues of human security and multicultural symbiosis. The scholarship was established to celebrate the new collaboration in international education between Pitzer College and Kobe Women's University (KWU). Currently, eleven students from KWU are studying abroad in “Pitzer in Claremont” right here on campus, enjoying homestays with American families and volunteer internships in Claremont organizations while studying English.